In recent years the movies have once again come around to the visual power of the magic trick. We have had a number of high-profile films covering the subject notably the historically based dramas The Illusionist and The Prestige. Hollywood has once again realised that a magic show and the big screen marry up really well. The latest of this type of film is the magic / heist movie Now You See Me. Continue reading “Now You See Me” »
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Just released is the new trailer for the magician heist spectacular Now You See Me. A group of illusionists named The Four Horsemen carry out daring bank raids as the climax of their stage show. Instead of keeping the loot they distribute it to their live audience. This attracts the attention of the FBI who are tasked with bring the gang to justice and find out just how they do it. Continue reading “Now You See Me” »
Before the 2012 psycho cop drama Rampart (reviewed here) Oren Moverman debuted in the directors chair with the military drama, The Messenger.
Staff Sergeant Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) has returned home from a tour of duty in Iraq. He was seriously injured and has returned to the US to recuperate and see out the last few months of his enlistment. He is assigned to Casualty notification team alongside Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson). Having no background and no training in dealing with delivering bad news to relatives of soldiers, Will is severely conflicted. He feels that he can not perform the duties laid out before him. It doesn’t help that his personal life is a car wreck. Continue reading “The Messenger” »
24 children thrown together and expected to murder each other for the overall benefit of society. I’m thinking this sounds like a fairly good real world solution, never mind in movie-land. Alas, as it wouldn’t work in real life, it doesn’t really work in the cinema either. Adapted from the popular series of novels, The Hunger Games takes place in an unspecified time in the future where America no longer exists and is replaced by Panem, a series of 12 districts and the controlling upper class.
As punishment for the revolt of a now destroyed 13th district, every year a male and female tribute are selected by lottery from each district to take part in the titular Hunger Games, a gladiatorial fight to the death televised for the world to see. When her younger sisters name is pulled from the lottery, Katniss Everdeen steps in to volunteer in her stead and along with bakers boy Peeta Mellark begin their journey to the opulent capitol city and start their training under the tutelage of Woody Harrelson’s drunken mentor, himself a survivor of the games. Continue reading “The Hunger Games” »
Moviescramble reviews the 2012 cop drama Rampart
Before viewing this film I had no idea what the title referred to. I had to do a bit of digging to find something about it. Rampart refers to a division of the LAPD. There was a scandal in the late 1990′s where more than seventy police officers were involved in widespread corruption. This film is set in the aftermath of the scandal where the main character Dave Brown, played by Woody Harrelson, is the last of the renegade cops still on the force.
Dave Brown is a relic from a bygone era of the LAPD. To all, including his family he is known as Date rape Dave as he shot and killed a Serial date rape suspect. The film starts with Dave mentoring a new officer, taking them through the daily routine and what is expected of the Police in Rampart. We then move on to his family life. This is as complex as his work life. Over the years he has been married twice and has two daughters. They all live together in commune style with Dave moving from one ex wife to the other making advances for a bit of bedroom action, usually to no avail. What he does not get at home he seeks out in the local bars and clubs. This is what his life amounts to. Work followed by an unorthodox home life, drinking, drugs, smoking and casual sex. Into this mix a charge is raised against him for a beating on a driver who crashes into his police car then flees the scene. The beating is caught on camera by a bystander and passed to all the local television stations. Cop beats citizen is always big news, especially in rampart so Dave is hauled up in front of his superiors and threatened with charges being raised against him. Dave being a very eloquent and knowledgeable man, having studied law in the past, is able to talk his way out of suspension. Further problems arise from ongoing money issues leading Dave to get involved with ripping off a high roller card game. This goes slightly awry leading to further complications and Dave’s professional and private life threatens to spiral out of control. Continue reading “Rampart” »
Does sex get in the way of a good friendship?
This film has a look at that question and tries to answer it in it’s own way. It is an anti romantic comedy, romantic comedy if you see what I mean. The tale is a simple one. It has been told many times before. In this case Dylan (Justin Timberlake) is a website art director living and working in Los Angeles. He is head hunted by Jamie (Mila Kunis) for a client, GQ magazine. After accepting the job Dylan moves to New York and develops a friendship with Jamie. Over drinks one night they ponder if friends can have sex with each other and still remain as friends. Basically a no strings, no emotions physical relationship. Neither of them want a romance as they are both damaged after previous failed relationships detailed at the start of the film. They try their theory as a one-off, feel awkward about it afterwords but soon start to make it a regular occurrence. Everything is going well but as it is with this type of film a reality check is just around the corner. Continue reading “Friends With Benefits” »